The International Police Association (IPA) is dedicated to promoting friendship and cultural exchange among law enforcement officers and law enforcement professionals worldwide.  With membership comes the opportunity to meet police officers, instructors, and specialists, support staff, and other law enforcement professionals from other member countries and the United States regardless of rank, sex, race, or religion.

The IPA connect you with others who understands your job in law enforcement, shares your culture or interests.  Assists you with your travel to their country or city.  Hobby interests, such as collecting police insignia, stamps, license plates, Ham radio, RV travel, and internet-pen pal contacts with members. 

The IPA offers two annual training scholarships for working police officers, a college scholarships for their children, a yearly international youth gathering (IYC) for teenage children of members, and an active officer exchange programs with some of our member countries.  The IPA US Section also offers a photo and short story contests for our members with a cash prize for the winner.  

The IPA consists of the 65 countries.  Each country is called a “Section”.  Each section is divided into Regions.  The San Francisco Bay Area is Region 9 in the U.S. Section.  Each region can hold a monthly, quarterly, semi annual, or annual meeting.  It's up to each region to decide how it wants to operate.  The region operates according to what their local board and membership desires from their region.  However, all regions must still follow the by-laws of the U.S. Section National Executive Council (NEC).

Region 9 holds a monthly brunch/meeting (see Events) at  a different eatery in the Bay Area.  It is a chance for members to meet each other and listen to our guest speakers.  We occassionally hold additional get togethers such our annual free BBQ, group trips; wine/brewery tours, and other events.  

As of 2013 the NDC voted to create an Associate memberships for those who are not sworn law enforcement officers but are affiliated in some way with law enforcement, i.e.: Auxiliary, CSO, Dispatcher, Police Cadet, Police Service Aide, Reserves, and spouses of regular members.  As an Associate member you do not have voting rights, will not eligible for the scholarships, or the active officer exchange program. Associates can participate in everything else and can attend all local regional functions.


Membership dues are $30 per year, which has to be the best deal anywhere in Law Enforcement

Lifetime membership is also available

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